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David Kyle of Oklahoma City graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management. He is the former president of Oklahoma Natural Gas and Chairman, President and CEO of ONEOK, Inc.
After graduation, Kyle began working for ONG as an engineer trainee. He spent 33 years with the company and moved through the ranks to become president in 1994. While working, Kyle earned his MBA while attending night school from The University of Tulsa in 1987. He went on to complete Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 1992.
In 1997, Kyle was named president and Chief Operating Officer of ONEOK, Inc. the parent company of ONG. He became Chairman, President, and CEO in 2000. In 2006, he became executive chairman of the company and retired from active employment in 2007. He retired as chairman and went off the board in 2011.
Kyle has served as the director numerous boards including: Bank One Oklahoma, BOK Financial Corporation, Blue Cross BlueShield of Oklahoma, and Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation. In addition he has served many non-profit organization boards including, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the Philbrook Museum of Art, the Tulsa Area United Way, the Tulsa Community Foundation, and the University of Tulsa. He is a past chairman of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and Board of Governors.
In 2003, Kyle was named Outstanding Business Alumnus by The University of Tulsa. He was inducted into the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Hall of Fame in 2004, the Tulsa Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2007. Kyle is a lifetime member of the OSU Alumni Association and was recognized by them in 2009 with the Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2016, he was honored with induction into the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame.
After retirement, Kyle focused his attention on a lifetime hobby and has enjoyed a second career as an Artist. He works mostly in oils and travels frequently for inspiration. Kyle is a member of the American Impressionist Society and the Oil Painters of America.
Kyle and his wife, Tracy, reside in Tulsa and have four grown children.